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Coffee-Crusted Grilled Pork Chops

For this coffee-crusted grilled pork chops recipe, I like to use coffee in the rubs because it adds an earthy flavor unlike anything else. It’s a strong ingredient, but when paired with salt and sugar, it’s quite good on pork. If possible, I get the coffee ground finely, but it’s really not necessary. As the meat cooks, the coffee grounds hydrate and become soft and part of the crust.–Ray Lampe

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“Wow!” “Divine.” “Amazingly juicy and tender.” That’s what our testers are saying about this coffee-crusted grilled pork chops recipe. Sorta makes you want to try it, eh?

Special Equipment: Meat thermometer (helpful but optional)

Coffee-Crusted Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground coffee
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turbinado sugar (such as Sugar In The Raw)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 bone-in pork chops (each about 3⁄4 inch thick)

Directions

  • 1. Prepare an outdoor grill to cook directly over medium heat.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the coffee, salt, sugar, cayenne, granulated onion, granulated garlic, and cinnamon. Mix well.
  • 3. Season the pork chops on both sides with the coffee and spice mixture, rubbing it into the chops. (Be sure to use all the spice rub.)
  • 4. Place the chops on the grill and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until well-browned. Flip the chops and cook for 4 to 5 minutes more, until browned and cooked to an internal temperature of 150°F (65°C). Transfer the chops to a platter and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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